Francisco Villegas is a member of Cohen & Gresser’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice. He represents domestic and international companies at all stages of maturity, from pre-seed to publicly traded, on matters across a wide variety of disciplines, such as media streaming, data analytics, aerospace, massively multiplayer online gaming, heavy machinery, medical devices, social media, fiber optic systems, machine learning, the Internet of Things, and telecommunications.
His IP practice includes counseling and litigation in asset valuation, licensing, enforcement and defense, patent opinions (infringement, validity, and freedom to operate product clearances), trademarks, and patent post-grant proceedings (inter partes review, reissues, and ex parte reexaminations). He has represented clients in IP matters in the Northern and Central Districts of California, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Texas, and the District of Delaware.
Additionally, Francisco works with clients in all areas of technology, innovation, and transactions, including advising on mergers and acquisitions, deal sourcing, joint ventures, product development, SaaS, IP monetization, privacy, and venture capital.
Francisco was recognized in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Chambers USA guide in the Intellectual Property: Patent category, has been recognized as a leading patent practitioner by Intellectual Asset Management’s “Patent 1000” each year since 2015, and has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property: Litigation each year since 2014.
Before attending law school, Francisco was a mechanical engineer at Johnson & Johnson and General Electric. Prior to joining the firm, Francisco practiced at Ropes & Gray LLP and Fish & Neave LLP. Francisco is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
Cornell University Law School (J.D. 1999); Stanford University (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1996; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994; B.A., Political Science, 1994)
New York State; California State; Connecticut State; District of Columbia; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Activities and Affiliations
Member, Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, U.S. National Group
Member, International Trademark Association